Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger asked if Theo Walcott will play v Burnley in Premier League

Theo Walcott

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that Theo Walcott may not feature against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has highlighted a key area in which his side are better than last season.

And it is pace.

Following the return to full fitness of England international Theo Walcott, the Gunners now have three of the quickest players in the Premier League.

Alexis Sanchez is known for his pace, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fast well. Danny Welbeck, who has struggled for consistency so far this season, is quick too.

Wenger believes that it is this pace that will give Arsenal an extra edge as the season progresses.

'The pace we have in the side when he’s back is very impressive because Welbeck, Alexis and Oxlade-Chamberlain are also very quick', Arsenal's official website quotes him as saying.

''Could the attacking pace frighten defences? Let’s see. My imagination works like yours but I have to prove that they can work together on the pitch and that’s what I’ll try to do when everybody’s back'.

Walcott was an unused substitute against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday. The 25-year-old was included in the first-team matchday squad for the first time since January when he sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during a FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

There are suggestions that the former Southampton star could feature against Burnley, but Wenger is tight-lipped on the prospect of playing Walcott at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

‘I don’t know if Theo will play against Burnley’, Arsenal’s official website quotes Wenger as saying. ‘We dropped points at home unexpectedly against Hull and that¹s why we have to focus on winning the Burnley game before I can plan giving Theo some competition’.

Arsenal did not seem to need Walcott at the weekend against Sunderland as they got the better of the Black Cats 2-0 away from home.

The result means that the North London club are now fifth in the Premier League table with 14 points from nine matches, just two points behind fourth-placed West Ham United.

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